Somerset Ladies in Business

Tracy Bird

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I started my business in May 2017 after having my youngest daughter. I knew I couldn’t go back to work in retail and miss weekends, special occasions and have someone else dictate my life to me. I’d always wanted to study nails when I left school but there was a stigma of being thick if you went down the vocational route!! This is something I would love to change. With family pressure I studied my A levels, but refused to go to university despite pressure from family. As my friends went off to university I became an assistant manager for […]

Karina Barton

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Do you use the telephone and broadband?  Do you have electricity and maybe even gas?  We all have a mobile.  Would you like to pay less for them? What we do at the Utility Warehouse is to show people how to make big savings on all these essential services while getting the best provider in the country.  ‘Which?’ magazine has named us as the best utility provider in the UK.  That is because not only is our broadband good but our customers have rated us top for everything we do, i.e. fantastic customer service from London, great value and, something […]

Ceri-Ann Taylor of Enable Law

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I am a Managing Associate solicitor for Enable Law in Taunton, with over 15 years’ post qualification experience. I am accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in clinical negligence, with a particular sub specialism in cases where there has been a delay in diagnosis of cancer. I support various charities, who in turn support my clients with their various needs following their medical accident. At home, I’m a wife, mum, dog owner, runner and lover of sunshine, the great outdoors and chocolate! That’s me in a nutshell. I am often asked why I chose a career in law, […]

The Mindful Sage

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After a varied career, including 20 years as a registered nurse & some years working for adult social care, I took some time to address some personal health & wellbeing issues I had. This was when I discovered mindfulness & I have now been practising for 9 years. I found it so beneficial personally in improving my life & sense of wellbeing, I chose to train with the Breathworks organisation to teach it to others. The training included 3 separate training retreat weeks with course work to complete between each week. I ran a full 8 week course under supervision […]

Carola Becker – Life is Good

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Very Healthy, Hoping to be Wealthy and Already Very Wise! So last month we went to visit Carola in sunny Willand, Devon. Not only was it in a different county but we went without cake! Shock, horror! But could we really have taken sugary morsels to interview a nutritionist? We decided against it, which was just as well as Kim and I are healthy eating and Carola, it turns out, is unable to eat wheat. Phew, so that was a good call. Carola told us the story of her business over mugs of steaming coffee. 20 years ago Carola developed […]

AJM Accountancy & Bookkeeping

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As ABBA once sang “Money, Money Money”!   On the ‘morning after the night before,’ after our fabulous SLiB Christmas party, we grabbed some chocolate yule log and went to meet Michelle Chappell, for coffee, in her offices in Viney Street, Taunton. Michelle explained to us that she started the business in 2006 with her friend Emma. The reasoning behind them starting a business was that Michelle had been recently made redundant and Emma wanted to leave her job. As young mothers they had initially thought to open a maternity and children’s shop in Taunton, however, when they visited Business […]

Wild About Blooms

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Jo’s just so blooming lovely! Last week Kim and I, with festive mince pies in hand, went to visit Jo Logan, our very own SLiB florist at Wild About Blooms Floral Design.  You will know, if you are Taunton based, that Jo has opened a pop-up shop for Christmas in what used to be Plaster Workshop at the top of East Reach. The stunning window display is full of old world Christmas charm with a whole lot of Hollywood glam thrown in for good measure. Jo lives near Nether Stowey in a beautiful house that she shares with her husband […]

Style By Louise

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“Have you been Louise’d yet?” A couple of Friday’s ago we bought some delicious sticky cakes and went to visit one of our lovely ladies, Louise Newton whose business is called ‘Style by Louise’. Louise is based at 20 The Crescent, Taunton Somerset. Louise offers personal styling for all. For this she can identify your particular colours which suit your complexion, offer styling tips on clothing – which can involve personal shopping expeditions and she sells beautiful make-up and beauty products. Louise explained to us that when she identifies people’s colours she takes 3 things into consideration, the colour of […]

Moonlight Glass

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We decided a few weeks ago that we were going to introduce our ladies to the wider world by taking ‘SLiB on tour’ (with cake) and visit each wonderful business in turn. Our first victim/lady we chose was Kate Webb, the founder and creator of Moonlight Glass. So on Friday 9th November we set off in the direction of Puriton to find Kate, with large fruit Danish pastries. We arrived without too much satnav hassle (we are not known for our sense of direction) to find Kate’s beautiful cottage. She welcomed us in and took us out to her large […]

Numberite Showcase

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Pauline Director of Numberite Limited is based in Honiton, Devon.  The company has been offering Phone and Call Management Solutions to businesses within the South West for five years.  Whether you are a home based business or office based SME we have phone and connectivity solutions to help you manage your business calls efficiently and professionally with cost saving solutions as our key focus. Numberite.co.uk twitter.com/numberite www.facebook.com/numberite www.linkedin.com/in/pauline-bonito-49518837 Their Contract Free Services include: Business UK Numbers 01 or 02 National Numbers 0330 or 0800 Mobile Solutions/Sims/4G Call Answering Service VoIP Phone Systems from 1 extension to 100+ Phone Lines, Broadband […]